Zoo admission goes up next year

To help offset increasing operating costs, the Woodland Park Zoo is upping admission starting early next year.

Photo by Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo.

Beginning on January 3, 2011, winter admission fees will increase from $11 to $11.50 for adults and from $8 to $8.50 for children ages 3 to 12. On May 1, the summer season rates will go up from $16.50 to $17.50 for adults and from $11 to $11.50 for children ages 3 to 12. Toddlers 2 and under are free. Seniors and people with physical disabilities will continue to receive a $2 discount and zoo members receive free admission year round. Also effective on January 3 is a 25 cent increase in parking to accommodate the City of Seattle’s parking tax. Parking will be $5.25.

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22 thoughts to “Zoo admission goes up next year”

  1. For $100 a family of four can go as many times as they want all year long. Pretty sweet deal:

    Annual Pass
    Adult — $40 each
    Child — $10 each

  2. The zoo is a luxury. Properly caring for wild animals at a facility inside the city limit is expensive. That cost must be passed onto donors and those that attend the zoo.

  3. So if we did away with the zoo Alex, would it be OK to raise your taxes, to make up the difference? Maybe flipper could build me and you a house then? PETA- People Eating Tasty Animals

  4. Buuuuurp! Sorry Alex, I was just enjoying a pork sandwich, what’s your point? Animals eat animals. Humans are animals. Ergo, its not only ok, but verrrrry pleasurable. Like sex. Do you deny yourself sex too.

  5. Agreed, the zoo is supposed to be for everyone, not just the lucky few who can blow through $100 on a weekend afternoon. The purpose of the zoo is to help educate us and our future generations about the importance of helping wildlife and how everything is connected. Many children don’t ever get to experience that.

  6. Great logic there BARFLY ( your name says it all doesn’t it ? ) . First of all I’m not a vegetarian. But your right we are all animals, so I’m sure you’d be ok, if we locked you up and put you on display for our amusement with as sign “Ballard Drunk”.

    Killing for food is one thing ( I’ve seen both cows and pigs slaughtered first hand ) But locking up an animal up in confined space often for many years is cruel and it often drives them crazy.

  7. I see your comments often and rarely do you have anything worthwhile to say.

    First of all I’m not a vegetarian. And I also probably pay more taxes then you. I also do work Norway and I pay them even more taxes to them ….

  8. Every time I go to the zoo I see plenty of low class people. Or are you talking about the basket-case underclass?

    FYI Every decent zoo in the world charges. When the city is short of funds, free zoos are the last thing we should fund; I understand to some Seattle socialists this is tough, you want everything paid for and free but it ain’t ever going to happen.

  9. “Many children don’t ever get to experience that”

    B*llsh*t. WPZ offers super low cost tix to school groups. there’s probably not a school kid in Seattle who hasn’t benefited from their programs. Get your facts straight.

  10. Yep, the great comment wars of ought nine claimed many a fine screen name and cutesy cat avatar. ‘Twas a sad time indeed and yet the lessons of war were not learned.

  11. It’s much more affordable if you buy yearly passes. For a family of 2 adults and 2 kids over 2 years old, you could get yearly passes for $100 and go 3 or 4 times, making it about the cheapest entertainment in the city. Plus any guests you bring along (other kids or family) get in half price. My wife and I always buy yearly passes and love supporting and going to the zoo.

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